I’ve never made a candle mat before – so there needs to be a first time. I was so impressed with the pumpkin set that Judy Danz created, that it made me want to do something for Fall. I have ordered the pumpkin die so I can play with Judy’s embroidery files, but in the meantime decided to use the Fall Medley die that I already have. Here’s what I did.
1. Cut a 14 inch square for the base fabric. I cut two identical squares so that one can be the backing.
2. Draw chalk lines diagonally from corner to corner and then top to bottom and side to side. You can now see where your center is and where you will place the appliques. Go ahead and mark 7 1/2 inches from the center for the corners and draw lines across as you will cut off the corners after you finish the appliques.
3. Mark applique placement. I placed my appliques 3 1/2 inches from the center.
4. If you are using machine embroidery, hoop stabilizer and fabric, center on your machine and applique each shape. If you are doing your applique with your DSM, fuse the applique and stitch.
5. Now you are ready to layer with batting and backing and stitch. I layer right sides together with the batting on the bottom. Stitch around the sides, leaving an opening to turn.
6. Turn to the right side, making sure your seams are even and your points are crisp. Stitch the opening closed and press lightly.
7. Top stitch around each applique shape using thread that matches the background. Top stitch around the edge with a matching thread if desired.
8. Use and enjoy.
Here’s a photo of the maple leaf detail. Isn’t it pretty?